Indiana State University continues to improve its overall campus environment. A lot of the time that just means getting up to date with renovations.
But the campus also has its sight on the future.
With summer break just around the corner Indiana State University’s campus gets a little quieter. What a perfect time to start some new projects.
“We typically have a number of maintenance type of projects, maybe 20 or so maintenance type projects, but as far as the large projects we have a handful,” Bryan Duncan, director of capital planning said.
The most notable project to start this summer is the $64 million addition to the Health and Human Services or HHS building.
The HHS college encompasses a variety of majors from physical therapy, nursing, athletic training and many more.
Dean of the college Jack Turman is excited to have all his students under one roof especially nursing students who have four different buildings around campus and at Union Hospital. It can be quite a trek.
“The new building will bring every one together into a space for the college which just in and of itself will help promote collaboration and learning,” Turman said.
The project is divided into two phases the first phase is expected to be complete by fall 2017. A four story building will house more classrooms, lab space and offices for faculty. The second phase, to renovate gym space, won’t be complete until fall 2019.
“In all of our renovation projects, something we try to create is interaction space,” Duncan said.
Renovation continues on freshman dorm towers. This summer crews will move along to the third improvement, Cromwell Hall.
Mills was completed last summer and Blumberg will be ready in July. Updates include air conditioning, bigger lounge space and large window installments.
“The upper floors of those buildings used to be very dark, even on the upper floors, but now we have all this natural light flooding into those spaces,” Duncan said.
Due to the construction zones on campus, parking spaces will continue to be limited. There are some additional spots are open on First and Chesnut near the new track.
Facilities Management created a master plan back in 2010 with all the projects to come. They will be updating that plan to include the next five to ten years.